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Nha Mila (2020)

Short 19min

Nha Mila, “dear Mila” in Cape Verdean Creole, opens with an encounter at Lisbon airport between two women that draws out a seemingly forgotten past. This short film flows like a meandering memory capturing portraits of women from another place who speak of another time. Salome is breaking her 14 years of forced exile to see her dying brother. The journey revives thoughts of a painful past. Migration and a Europe that erases characteristics of Island life are themes that the filmmaker weaves into the fabric of the film. Salome’s voice-over narration complements montages of images that play in her mind as well as before our eyes on the screen. This is a film for those in the diaspora who experience longing. Fernandez cites the purgatory of long stopovers for travelers heading to the Cape Verde islands as inspiration for her film.


Denise Fernandez


Creoles And Pidgins, Portuguese-based, Portuguese


Cape Verde